Saucony have dipped into their archives to create the Cross 90, a brand-new sneaker with plenty of retro sportswear flair. It's based on their Crossport Triad cross trainer shoe from 1989, and is poised to make some headway in the retro lifestyle market.
The Crossport Triad was a go-anywhere, do-anything sneaker, and its marketing reflected that by discussing everything from its midsole pedal notches for bikers and enhanced stability for hikers. Though the Cross 90 may just be designed for lampin', it still conveys an air of old-school functionality thanks to its amply-layered and boldly-branded upper, which is constructed of leather and suede. Four colourways in total have been revealed, but the standout of the bunch is the white, black blue and orange makeup – a pair that reinterprets one of the Crossport Triad's launch colourways. All the pairs we've seen so far also feature aged midsole detailing and original graphic hits for a nod to Saucony heritage.
It'll be interesting to see if the Saucony Cross 90 can soak up some of the residual hype from New Balance's ultra-popular 550. Much like the Crossport Triad, the 550 was released in the late 1980s, and the Cross 90 definitely veers further toward the retro low-top basketball shoe side of the spectrum than the Crossport Triad did (especially with those yellowed midsoles). That's a space that the 550 currently dominates!
We'll bring you more info about the Cross 90's global release as it's made available, though we do know that it's set to touch down in China in the coming days. Sneaker collector @lishunhangagain, who provided the photos above, mentioned in an Instagram caption that it's very soft and comfortable, and also made of high-quality materials. Bring 'em on!